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Reporting Senior Scams Trumps Privacy Laws

Posted on 09/30/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & SavingsHoping to curb an epidemic of financial abuse against seniors, federal regulators are telling banks and other money managers that they can – and should – report questionable transactions without fear of violating privacy laws. Working with seven other agencies, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has issued new “guidance” to  financial institutions. It assures them that telling authorities about signs that older customers are falling victim to scams and fraud doesn’t violate federal restrictions on sharing personal information – a long-time concern …

Elder Abuse Awareness Day: 7 Ways You Can Help

Posted on 06/14/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | CaregivingIt’s easy to miss elder abuse. Austin, Texas. Mid-1980s. I’m sitting at lunch with a casual friend, who is living with and taking care of her mom. Mom is slack-jawed, with a vacant stare, but she knows what she wants: her portion, and more, of the french fries she’s sharing with her daughter. As mom reaches for one more fry, my friend’s hand flashes out, spearing her mom’s hand with a fork. Mom’s reaction is much quieter than it should …